• State map predicting sinkhole-prone areas in the works

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    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - State geologists are on their way to creating a statewide map showing where sinkholes are most likely to form.

    Last year, Florida got more than $1 million in federal funding for a three-year study. A pilot program in Columbia, Hamilton and Suwannee counties ended in May.

    Professionals with the Florida Geological Survey visited about 230 locations, sampling and studying the land.

    The Tampa Tribune reports that the fieldwork contributed to a "relative vulnerability" map that so far has proved 93 percent successful in the pilot area in predicting that sinkholes will form.

    The study will move to the statewide phase, with officials planning to hire additional geologists and to reach out to local governments.

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